Richard D. Fain Named Chair of UM’s Board of Trustees

Hilarie Bass reinstalled as vice chair, H.T. Smith named vice chair, and Noor Joudi appointed student trustee

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Outgoing UM Board of Trustees Chair Stuart A. Miller, left, passes the gavel of leadership to Richard D. Fain at Friday's BOT meeting.

Outgoing UM Board of Trustees Chair Stuart A. Miller, left, passes the gavel of leadership to Richard D. Fain at Friday’s BOT meeting.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 13, 2016) – Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., has been named the new chair of the University of Miami’s Board of Trustees, beginning a two-year term for the body responsible for governing one of the top private research institutions in the nation.

Fain, who had served as vice chair of the board since 2014, succeeds Stuart A. Miller as chair. He was elected to his new post on Friday during a BOT meeting at which UM School of Law alumna Hilarie Bass was reinstalled as vice chair, prominent Miami lawyer H.T. Smith was elected as a new vice chair, and Noor Joudi was named student trustee.

A UM trustee since 1997, Fain chaired the presidential search committee that named Julio Frenk UM’s sixth president last year. He currently serves on the board’s Executive Committee and also chairs the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science’s Visiting Committee.

“I had the opportunity to work closely with Richard Fain in his role as chair of the Presidential Search Committee that brought me on board,” said President Frenk, “and I look forward to working even closer with him as he assumes his new leadership responsibilities.”

Fain became Royal Caribbean’s chairman and CEO in 1988. Royal Caribbean’s partnership with the Rosenstiel School fully funds the scientific research program on the cruise line’s Explorer of the Seas, the first ever cruise ship outfitted with ocean and atmospheric science laboratories.

Fain also has generously donated to the Rosenstiel School’s Scientific Dive Center and the UM Hillel building campaign fund.

A co-chair of the United Way Campaign, he is a member of the National Conference for Community and Justice and serves on the World Wildlife Fund’s National Council, the Posse Foundation, and the Florida Council of 100. Among his distinguished awards and honors are winning the Ultimate CEO Award from the South Florida Business Journal, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition Organization, and the French Legion of Honor.

Fain received his bachelor’s in economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1969 and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1972.

Outgoing UM Board Chair Stuart A. Miller, J.D. ’82, has served as a trustee since 2002 and was appointed chair in 2014. Miller is a legacy trustee who followed in his family’s footsteps, which are deeply rooted at the University. His late father, Leonard M. Miller, served as chair of UM’s Board of Trustees from 1995-99 and was active on the board until his death in 2002.

“I am very grateful to Stuart Miller for his guidance and friendship during my transition into the presidency and for his tireless advocacy, relentless enthusiasm, and generous support of this University and our community,” said President Frenk.

An innovative and renowned business leader whose family has had an indelible impact on UM, Miller is chief executive officer and a director of Lennar Corporation, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders. He served as the Miller School of Medicine’s chair of Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami, and is the standard-bearer of his family’s outstanding tradition of generosity and commitment to UM. With a landmark gift of $100 million in 2004, the largest gift from a family in the University’s history at the time, UM’s School of Medicine was renamed the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine in his father’s honor. In 2014, The Lennar Foundation, the charitable arm of The Lennar Corporation, gave a lead gift of $50 million to name the UHealth ambulatory center, which will open in Fall 2016 as UHealth Coral Gables in The Lennar Foundation Medical Center.

The Miller family’s long-standing commitments have also extended to the enrichment of Judaic culture and studies through the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies and a naming gift to build the new Braman Miller Center for Jewish Student Life at UM Hillel. Stuart Miller is also a generous supporter of the UM School of Law and Hurricane Athletics.

Vice Chairs

Hilarie Bass, J.D. ’81, has served as a trustee since 2003 and was elected vice chair in 2014. She also served on the Presidential Search Committee to select UM’s new president in 2015. Bass is co-president of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP., and has completed an eight-year term as the national chair of the firm’s 600-member litigation department and serves on its Executive Committee. In 2014, the UM School of Law’s popular courtyard was renamed the “Hilarie Bass Bricks” in her honor after a commitment of $1 million. Bass also served as a member of the School of Law’s Visiting Committee and was co-chair of the law school’s Momentum2 Campaign Committee as well as the School of Education and Human Development’s campaign chair.

H.T. Smith, J.D. ’73, founded H.T. Smith, P.A., a private law firm specializing in personal injury, civil rights, and criminal defense, in 1981. A trustee since 2004, he is a former chair of the Student Affairs Committee, co-chair of the Professor Robert H. Waters Memorial Fund at the School of Law, and serves on the law school’s Visiting Committee and on the board’s Audit and Compliance Committee. He received the UM School of Law Center for Ethics in Public Service Lawyers in Leadership Award in 2003 and the UM Law Alumni Association Henry Latimer Professionalism Award in 2007.

Student Trustee

Noor Joudi is the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine president for 2016-17. An M.D. candidate in the Class of 2018, she received a bachelor’s of science degree in biology, summa cum laude, in 2015.



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Walter Secada Appointed to NASA Committee

Walter Secada

Walter G. Secada

By Barbara Gutierrez
UM News

The committee will provide advice on space science-related programs

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 16, 2016)—Walter G. Secada, professor and senior associate dean of the School of Education and Human Development, has been appointed to the NASA Advisory Council Science Committee, becoming the first holder of a new seat on the committee designated for STEM education.

“As a childhood immigrant, I see it as an honor to be asked to serve my country in any capacity,” said Secada of the two-year appointment. “However, this particular appointment has that overlay of cool that is beyond the wildest dreams of that high school geek who watched the moon landing on black-and-white TV.”

The Science Committee provides advice on all of NASA’s earth and space science-related programs, projects, activities, and facilities in the areas of earth science, planetary science, astrophysics, and heliophysics. The 15 committee members are leading authorities with relevant expertise drawn from academia, industry, and government agencies, as well as independent researchers.

“Dr. Secada is a leader in STEM education who brings a unique combination of research and practical insights that will provide people of all ages educational and professional access to NASA scientific disciplines,” said Kristen Erickson, director of science engagement and partnerships at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The son of Peruvian parents, Secada graduated from Miami’s Curley High School and later left the area to earn a B.A. in philosophy (magna cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Science in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in education from Northwestern University.

“It is a great honor for the University of Miami to have one of our best and brightest determining the future of STEM education in a special role at NASA,” said Thomas J. LeBlanc, executive vice president and provost. “We could not be prouder.”

Isaac Prilleltensky, dean of the School of Education and Human Development, echoed that sentiment, adding, “Dr. Secada sets an example for us all through his outstanding commitment to excellence in research, teaching, and service.”

Since joining the UM faculty in the fall of 2003, Secada has been associate director and co-principal investigator of the study Promoting Science among English Language Learners (P-SELL) with a High-Stakes Testing Environment, a National Science Foundation-funded, quasi-experimental study on effective science instruction for Haitian Creole- or Spanish-speaking third- through fifth-graders.

He has served as associate director and co-PI of Science Made Sensible, another NSF-funded fellowship training program that pairs doctoral students in the STEM fields with middle-school teachers, and director and PI of Language in Mathematics, an Institute of Education Sciences-funded research and development project intended to create a professional development intervention to help fourth- through eighth-grade teachers better facilitate mathematics for their English-language learners.

Secada also has served as chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning at UM and as a member of the University’s Social Sciences Institutional Review Board.


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Charmel Maynard Joins Treasury Team as Assistant Vice President

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Charmel Maynard

Charmel Maynard

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 9, 2016)—Charmel Maynard, formerly vice president of J.P. Morgan’s  investment bank, has joined the University of Miami as assistant vice president of the treasury team. He reports to Vice President and Treasurer Geoff Kirles.

In his new role, Maynard will lead the University’s treasury functions, including banking and bank relationships, cash management, bond and term loan issuances, student accounts receivable and collections, and corporate cards.

“Charmel will work closely with Joe Natoli, senior vice president and CFO, and myself on our liquidity, capital markets, debt management, endowment asset management, and project/facilities business plans,” Kirles said. “Please join me in extending a heartfelt welcome to Charmel.”

Maynard comes to UM with more than 10 years of experience at J.P. Morgan, and has expertise in executing loan and bond transactions, capital structure advisory, operational and financial due diligence, and financial modeling. He recently advised several large companies on their financings for mergers and acquisitions, refinancing of existing debt, and new capital projects.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Amherst College.

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UM Hires Peace Corps Recruiter

By Barbara Gutierrez
UM News

Donna Bean

Donna Bean

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 16, 2016)—The University of Miami, which ranked No. 25 among medium-sized schools on the Peace Corps 2016 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list, has hired a new Peace Corps recruiter. With an office at the Toppel Career Center, Donna Bean will ensure that UM continues to excel in service to the Peace Corps.

A 2015 graduate of the School of Nursing and Health Studies, Bean served in the Peace Corps in Mozambique from 2009 to 2012, using her skills as a nurse to work with HIV/AIDS patients. Now, as a part-time recruiter, she hopes to attract more UM students by providing one-on-one counseling, organized information sessions, film screenings, and attending other networking events. Currently, 13 UM alumni are serving in the Peace Corps around the world.

“My goal at the U this first year is to establish the presence of Peace Corps on campus,” Bean said. “I have an office on campus and provide weekly office hours for students to come in and ask any and all questions about the Peace Corps.”

Her efforts also include working with the School of School of Education and Human Development, which has a Peace Corps Master’s International program through its Masters in Education, Community and Social Change degree. That program couples a master’s degree with Peace Corps service.

Bean credits former UM President Donna Shalala’s enthusiasm for the Peace Corps for motivating many students to learn more about organization launched in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. One of the first Peace Corps volunteers, Shalala served in Iran, where she lived in a mud village and taught at an agricultural college, from 1962-1964. It was in the Peace Corps, Shalala always told students, that she became “a citizen of the world.”

“I think her presence and collaboration with the Peace Corps has been a wonderful influence on the campus and our student body,” Bean said, noting that UM students have been participating in the service organization since its inception.



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UM Names Vice Provost for Institutional Culture

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Isaac Prilleltensky

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 10, 2016)—Isaac Prilleltensky has been appointed vice provost for institutional culture at the University of Miami. As vice provost, his primary responsibility will be the ongoing implementation of the University’s culture transformation initiative. In addition to this new role, Prilleltensky will continue to serve as dean of the School of Education and Human Development and report to the provost.

Prilleltensky will focus on developing programs to actualize the values embraced by the University community. In addition, he will be in charge of evaluating the culture transformation initiative. He will also serve as a resource for the team that has been established by President Julio Frenk to create the framework for a culture of belonging at the U.

“This position will be critical to aligning University efforts to be one U—to be a place where each individual feels valued and has the opportunity to add value at the U,” said President Frenk. “Isaac’s lifelong dedication to the study of individual, organizational, and community well-being will be a tremendous asset as we work together on this important initiative.”

In the past, the University has worked with external consultants in the fields of service excellence and culture to create a foundation for culture change. Phase two of the culture transformation initiative brings these efforts inside the U, with Prilleltensky at the helm. Phase two of the culture journey will expand on the foundation of values, behaviors, and standards that have been established University-wide. The existing culture leadership team will grow to include new members and will continue to be chaired by Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc.

“I look forward to working with all of our friends across the University as we begin phase two,” said Prilleltensky. “Speaking on behalf of the entire UM community, I would like to extend our collective thanks to the culture coaches, work team members, and others who have gone above and beyond their duty to help with this effort.”

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